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Gisele Bundchen: Women Should Be Forced To Breastfeed For Six Months

Tue, August 3, 2010 11:05am EDT by 9 Comments

The supermodel mom thinks there should be a law to make moms breastfeed for six months. Do you agree with her?

Motherhood has given Gisele Bundchen an insight into all things baby, and she’s sharing her opinions on labor, breastfeeding and more in the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK. The supermodel, who credited muscle memory with helping her to slim down after having son Benjamin Brady seven months ago, tells the magazine that breastfeeding also helped her get back into catwalk shape — and that all mothers should be forced to do it.

“I think breastfeeding really helped,” she says. “Some people here think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think, ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child, when they are so little?’ There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.”

Gisele doesn’t seem  to have an opinion on what the consequences would be if she became the worldwide breastfeeding czar, but she does have a point. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life because it provides essential nutrients for growth, health and development. But a law? Seriously, Gisele?

The 30-year-old, who gave birth to her son in a bathtub at home, also shared her opinion on home births.

“Not for one second did it cross my mind that I was not going to have my baby at home,” she says. “I am not the first person to give birth naturally. Billions of other women have come before me and have done this  —  so why can’t I do it?”

Tom Brady‘s baby mama prepared for labor boot camp-style by practicing kung fu and doing yoga three times a week and meditating every day.

“It prepared me mentally and physically,” she says. “It’s called ‘labour,’ not ‘holiday’ for a reason, and I knew that. You want to go into the most intense physical experience of your life unprepared? That doesn’t make any sense to me. Then I was ready and I thought, ‘OK let’s get to work.’ I wasn’t expecting someone else to get the baby out of me. I had to do it together with him.”

So what do you think about Gisele’s ideas on breastfeeding and labor?